It was the first day of spring last week, which got us thinking about spring cleaning. We wanted to share our favorite green-cleaning recipes. Over the years we’ve picked up a few tips to get the house sparkling without a harsh smell afterwards. With just a few simple supplies, many of which are already in your cupboards, you can create almost any cleaning solution. We've compiled a list of general cleaners, and another list of natural deodorizers. All of these are pet, child, and pregnancy friendly!
All Purpose Cleaner:
1/2 cup Warm Water
1/2 cup Vinegar
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
15 drops Tea Tree Oil
The Tea Tree oil isn’t necessary, but it does make the cleaner anti-bacterial. So it’s great for wiping down hard surfaces, especially during cold season.
2 Cups warm water
1/4 Cup Castile Soap (like Dr.Bronners)
Mix together in a spray bottle and spray on surface, let sit for a few seconds then wipe off with a damp sponge.
1 1/2 to 2 cups water
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol (70 percent)
Mix in spray bottle. Use to clean all glass surfaces or mirrors. I use newspaper instead of paper towels for glass, which may sound strange but it doesn't leave streaks or those little towel fibers behind.
About twice a year sprinkle baking soda all over the carpet, leave it for about 30 minutes then vacuum it up. It deodorizes and leaves a fresh smell, and its kid and pet safe.
Homemade Room Spray:
3/4 cup Water
2/3 cup rubbing alcohol
15 drops scented oil
12 drops complimenting scented oil
Shake it all together in a spray bottle.
Scented Dryer Sheets:
Place a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil on a piece of wet cloth and put it in the dryer with your clothes, lavender smells great—and toss in with wet laundry.